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The alternate versions really are worth a listen. The acapella intro to "Eight Days A Week" I think is possibly better than the released verison. "Leave My Kitten Alone" could have been a "Beatles For Sale" track. "One After 909" is really interesting in comparison to the released '69 version. The development of songs is the important thing here.Read more ›
Disc 1 begins with the much ballyhooed "new" recording "Free As a Bird." It is a stunning track performed by Paul, George and Ringo recorded in 1994 using a 1977 John Lennon demo. Since the remaining tracks date from 1958 to 1964, this track seems out of place on ANTHOLOGY 1, but the advance hype of this song didn't allow for its delayed inclusion on ANTHOLOGY 3.
What makes this first volume special is the historical importance of many of these tracks. While the sound quality is marginal on some of these recordings, where else will you find anything by the pre-Beatles group the Quarry Men or any Beatles tracks with Stu Sutcliffe on bass or Pete Best on drums?
Most of the rarities are on Disc-1. Here are the previously unreleased highlights:
"That'll Be the Day" / "In Spite of All the Danger": A 1958 recording by the Quarry Men. [Note: The latter track was written by McCartney-Harrison.]
"Hallelujah, I Love Her So" / "You'll Be Mine" / "Cayenne": Home tapes featuring the only known recordings with Stu Sutcliffe on bass.
"Searchin'" / "Three Cool Cats" / "The Shiek of Araby" / "Like Dreamers Do" / Hello Little Girl": Five songs from their 1962 Decca audition. Pete Best is on drums. The latter two tracks were Lennon-McCartney originals that they never recorded after securing a contract with EMI.Read more ›
On with the rest of the album. It features interviews with John, Paul, and Brian Epstein. We have possibly the 1st Quarreymen recording: a 1958 scratchy recording of "That'll Be The Day" and an original "In Spite of All the Danger". There are more demos of this sort-"You'll Be Mine" and the instrumental "Cayenne". We have Tony Sheridan's fair sounding vocals on "My Bonnie" before the Beatles take over (with Pete Best, the original drummer) on "Ain't She Sweet" and "Cry for a Shadow". George sings lead on "3 Cool Cats" and Paul sings lead on "Besame Mucho". Also included is a flat-tempoed Pete Best on "Love Me Do" before Ringo replaces Best on "How Do You Do It" (I prefer theirs better than Gerry and the Pacemakers'). An early (and superior) version of "One After 909" finds its way. There's a more raucous demo of "Can't Buy Me Love" and the Beatles experimenting with harmonies on "8 Days..", with an electric 12-string on "And I Love Her", and with tempos on "I'll Be Back". Great songs you never heard from the Beatles (until now) include "You Know What to Do" (George's 2nd song) and "Leave My Kitten Alone". And the Beatles really did sound well live, as witnessed by the 1963 recordings (most humorous is "Moonlight Bay" with Morecambre and Wise!Read more ›
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Beatles' three Anthogies are worth the price. Lots of stuff I never heard before, and i thought I heard it all. LPs in perfect shape and shipping was fast. Thank you!Published 2 days ago by Wolfgang
Although I have never heard the cd, I know it will terrific because Anthology 2 & 3 are.Published 14 days ago by Joy Turbin
Every Beatles fan should have this Anthology CD Set. You'll be so glad you did.Published 18 days ago by BTolle
While not great, there are some real "Rockers" for real Beatles fans!Published 3 months ago by gregory l. baldwin
A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE BEATLES MUSIC!
A DEFINITE "MUST-HAVE" TO COMPLETE YOUR BEATLES MUSIC LIBRARY! Read more
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